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By Jason Carrozza

Hi Everyone,

Happy Easter and Happy Passover! Let’s face it, holidays, much like families, can come with some pretty strange traditions. Below, I’ve outlined five strange Easter Traditions from around the world.

1. Denmark: On Easter, children in Denmark dress up as witches and warlocks and go door-to-door asking for candy. It’s similar to trick-or-treating but there’s one catch, the children are expected to bring a gift to every home in exchange for the candy. The kids give each house a willow branch as a thank you for the candy and it’s believed that the willow branch blesses the owner’s home. Candy for a blessing, not a bad trade!

2. Finland: Here, people literally watch the grass grow to signify the start of spring. Families bring a plot of matured grass into the home as a focal point and the children will decorate the plot with painted eggs and bunnies to signify fertility. A picture of such can be found here.

3. France: In France, the significance of the Easter Bunny has been replaced with church bells. Days leading up to Easter the churches will stop ringing their bells in tribute to the passing of Jesus. Parents tell their children that the bells have taken off and flown to Rome to pay homage to the Pope. On Easter, the bells return and drop candy and Easter eggs for the children. We have a bunny, they have flying inanimate objects. Makes sense.

4. Poland: Sit at any Polish dinner table on Easter and lo and behold you will find a beautiful buttered lamb centerpiece. That’s right, a buttered lamb. People sculpt butter into the shape of a lamb for a centerpiece that is supposed to be eaten during dinnertime. Mmmmmm, warm hand-sculpted butter………

5. Norway: In Norway, the entire country decides that it’s going to take the entire week of Easter. That’s right….everything. No school, no work, no banks, grocery stores, government, etc. Everybody stays home. A small exception is made for grocery stores the Saturday before Easter. For everything else, you’re going to have to wait until the holiday is over.

As you can see, traditions can be strange, but let’s not forget that despite the oddities of tradition it is these traditions that provide sentiment to many families. Traditions are about making memories and creating a unique family legacy. When we work with families to create an estate plan it is exactly that person’s legacy and memory that we are looking to preserve. If it’s been a while since you have reviewed your estate plan, please contact us today. Let’s make sure that your lasting memory is the one you intend to leave behind.

Until next time,

About the Author
Jason M. Carrozza is a partner and founder of Family Legal Partners, P.C., previously owning Carrozza Law Office, P.C., which focused on estate planning, probate administration, and business formation. He was recognized as a Massachusetts Rising Star by New England Super Lawyers and Boston Magazine in 2014, 2015, and 2016, an honor given to no more than 5% of attorneys in the state. Graduating magna cum laude from New England Law and ranked 3rd in his class, Jason completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Tampa. He gained experience in civil litigation, divorce, corporate, and insurance defense law firms before opening his practice in 2004. Jason is admitted to practice before the Massachusetts Courts, is a trained family law mediator, and a member of the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation. He has volunteered for pro bono panels with Senior Partners For Justice, South Middlesex Legal Services, and the New Center for Legal Advocacy. Dedicated to his community, he has served in various leadership roles including vice president of the Bellingham Business Association and Master of Excelsior Lodge of Massachusetts Freemasons. He teaches Estate Planning Basics at the Tri County Continuing Adult Education program and speaks at estate planning seminars throughout the year. An avid baseball fan and history enthusiast, Jason enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his family. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Katrina, and their children, Zachary and Madelyn.